Webinar: How Child Welfare Works in Finland?

On October 8, a regular meeting was held within the framework of the conference "Sustainable development: people, support, cooperation". Antti Parkkinen spoke about child protection work in Finland, what services the Mannerheim League provides and how the pandemic had affected the work of the organization.

The Mannerheim League is the largest child welfare organization in Finland founded by Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim in 1920. It has 87 000 members and 556 local associations throughout the country. The work of these local associations is supported by the League’s 10 district organizations.

The Mannerheim League supports parenting and links between generations and works to promote health and a good environment for children.

The Mannerheim League renders diverse services:

  • afternoon programmes for school children;
  • education about substance abuse;
  • short-term child-care services for families and longer-term special services such as home care for disabled and chronically ill children;
  • telephone counseling provides children, young people and parents with empathy, assistance and advice;
  • rehabilitation and child welfare services support families in which there are sick or disabled children or mental and social problems.

The League also offers families an opportunity to get acquainted and take part in volunteer work and to participate in a diverse range of activities.

The recording of the webinar can be found at: https://youtu.be/tDcrC_KIHew


Conference organizers are Arkhangelsk Centre of social technologies “Garant”, “Finland-Russia” Society (Helsinki, Oulu), Charity organization “The Childhood by the Dvina” (Sandnes, Norway), Centre of Sustainable Development of Pskov Region, Women Initiative Centre (Tosno, Leningrad Region).

Contact: (8182)20-65-10, Arkhangelsk Centre of social technologies “Garant”, burieva@ngo-garant.ru (Tatiana Burieva).

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